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Demolition: Breaking Ground on a Modern Addition

Posted on by Lauren Moss

Just down the street and around the corner from our Laguna Niguel site, another residential project broke ground this past week.

While the majority of the work is nearing completion at the first location, demolition is well underway at the second, with the preparations for new foundation and footings, including rebar and associated site work scheduled for the coming weeks.

 demolition / entry courtyard

demolition / entry courtyard

As depicted in the rendering below, the re-imagined facade below reflects a modern aesthetic consistent with the neighboring homes within this distinctively mid-century community of Niguel West in Orange County.

  modern addition  / laguna niguel

modern addition / laguna niguel

To achieve this, the design maintains the linear nature and horizontality of the existing single-story home, allowing the exterior to reflect the new floor plan, which is focused on the enclosure of the existing entry courtyard. The addition adds approximately 400 square feet of flexible living space to the home; a raised ceiling and clerestory windows allow for light and ventilation at the new space.

At the exterior, a new flat roof at the atrium enclosure informs the massing at the front facade, creating movement and interest through changes in building height and material.

 partial floor plan + elevation

partial floor plan + elevation

With the removal of the exterior courtyard wall and original awning structure, the home's transformation is already taking shape. As work progresses, it will eventually extend to the front yard with new hardscape and drought-tolerant landscaping.

 courtyard + awning // BEFORE

courtyard + awning // BEFORE

 existing courtyard / demolition

existing courtyard / demolition

Find more details on the design process and other iterations at previous blog posts, and visit the project portfolio page to view renderings and construction photos.

  modern entry  / design process

modern entry / design process

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